Ciao! I'm from Roma, Italy.
I'll be glad to give you some useful (and not touristic) tips about hidden places on the Eternal City. And I'll be in town so that you can have my support for everything.
Francesco was a wonderful host. He kindly waited up late at the apartment for our arrival even though or flight was delayed. He checked with the restaurant down the street fro him (which is so nice!) to make sure that the kitchen would still be open late for us. The apartment is great - just like the photos. It's close to the city centre, only 10 euro in a taxi to the Spanish Steps and you can take the local line (one stop) then metro (4 stops) and you are at Termini station. The apartment lovely and has everything you need. We even stayed in on the Saturday night with some wine you can buy from the little wine shop downstairs and relaxed on the big couches after a day of sight setting. Francesco checked in on us during our stay and was really responsive to any of our questions and helpful the whole time. I would highly recommend this apartment to anyone. It was a wonderful airbnb experience!
Francesco's apartment is nice and big, with 2 double bed rooms, a big bathroom and a big living room, located in a very calm neighborhood (you sleep very well). The train station isn't far at all but we didn't use it much as we rented scooters. Francesco was abroad when we came but he left us a list of things to do, excellent restaurants addresses and even booked us one for our first night in Roma! Communication was very easy with him, it was THE perfect airbnb experience i was looking for, as if we were staying at a friend's.
Francesco is a super host and a very gentle human being who exemplifies what airbnb is all about. He's really interested in connecting with guests, checked in with me before arriving about our interests, picked me up at the train station and bought some provisions as I arrived on a public holiday (and at the time didn't know about bus options...... he's clued up now though!), sent texts during our stay about things that were on, went out of his way to ensure the heating was OK. and was responsive if we needed to make contact. The apartment is fabulous with everything you could want (even a teapot!). The wifi connection did play up for a bit but we finally got it sorted. The distance to places takes longer than we expected which is fine if you're able bodied but a bit tricky if not. Thanks Ted for a great stay.
Our stay at Francesco's apartment was great. He was the perfect host, meeting us on time and sorting us out with whatever we needed. The apartment itself is great. Really big, funky and comfortable to stay in. This is perfect if you are staying in Rome for a while, or even for a long weekend (which we stayed for). It is slightly outside of the City, although pretty easy to get to via train. It actually gave us a bit of a different experience, staying where the real Romans do. An awesome little restaurant a couple of doors down as well!
Thanks for the stay Francesco
This is a beautiful flat, and Ted knows English very well. We stayed there for around a month and the cleaning lady did a great job. We were able to do a load of laundry too, and dry it on a rack, something you need to do with ease when staying in Rome during a hot summer month. You can get to any area of Rome easily from here, but for us the location close to the beautfiful music facility close by was great. We discovered some great restaurants in the vicinity, and there is a nice open market and a coffee place and a bread store about a block away.
Francesco was a great host, extremely friendly and very helpful. He was easily contacted and very communicative. He left us some great recommendations for restaurants, places to go, and things to do.
The apartment was great too. It was very spacious and well appointed. The neighborhood is quiet and lovely, and just a short walk from Villa and Galleria Borghese. The train and buses are just a a few short blocks away and made getting into the center of Rome a breeze.
We would definitely stay here again, and recommend it to our family and friends. Thanks Francesco!
Francesco's apartment was PERFECT! The flat is spacious and stylish with some great artwork and books that speak volumes about Francesco. Francesco was very friendly giving some excellent advice for making the most of our trip and seeing the attractions as a local. The apartment is situated in a quiet part of the city without sacrificing its involvement. A short distance away are some superb restaurants ranging from 30 euros for two to dine (cheap but still great quality) to 120 euros (an unforgettable experience). Just 50m away is a restaurant that was out of this world, Ambasciata d'Abruzzo. So much so it became a regular haunt for us during our week long stay.
The apartment is a 5 minute walk from the beautiful Villa Borghese, and a 2 minute walk to the metro which can have you right across the city in 20 mins at rush hour.
Would gladly stay again on our return to Rome.
Francesco is a fantastic host. He provides excellent information and is already ready top solve any problems that might arise. The apt is very nice and I recommend it highly. There is a daily market across the street, a wine store, and a few small food stores, so it is an easy place to be. I would recommend using the bus system (cost of 1 euro for bus and subway combo for an hour): the 910 goes to the station, and the 926 to Piazza del Popolo and within easy walking distance of the Vatican. Both buses go alon the main street around the corner. There is a good traditional and old-fashioned restaurant on the same street: Ambasciata Abruzzo. The food is simple but the kitchen uses superb products and there is an amzing wine list. More up-scale restos are also available. When back in Rome, I will certainly contact Francesco.
It was wonderful staying at Francesco's apartment... as well as meeting with him :-) The pictures don't do any justice here. This apartment is huge and is very beautiful and full of character. It has everything you could ask for and more... comfortable bed, nice kitchen, full bath, huge living room, WiFi, laundry... he even offered us his bicycles if we wanted to venture out on the town.
He really cared to get to know us and gave us personal recommendations as to what we wanted to discover in Rome. All the restaurants Francesco recommended were some of the best meals during our entire trip.
The location is a little far from the center by walking, but a train station is just a few minutes away and is in a convenient area. Getting to know Francesco and his wonderful hospitality and great personality definitely made our entire trip more special. We would love to stay here again and again! Please keep in touch!
Francesco and his family stay at one of my properties in miami and I have to say that he is an excellent guest. We had great communication at all times, very clean, I will definitely host him back. I fully recommended him Thank you Best regards